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General Resources

National Council on Aging
409 3rd Street, SW Suite 200
Washington, D.C. 20024
(202) 479-1200

Health Insurance Association of America
1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20004-2599
Hotline: (800) 942-4242

National Association of Insurance Commissioners
120 West 12th St. Kansas City, MO 64105
(816) 842-3600

The State Health Insurance Advisory Program (SHIP) This is a government program that provides information on Medicare to the elderly and disabled. Each state has its own hot- line. You can call (800) 677-1116 to find out which organization you should call in your state for this service.

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (HMOs and other MCOs)
2000 L St., NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20036
(800) 839-6487

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Organizations
One Renaissance Blvd.
Oakbrook Terr., IL 60181
(630) 792-5000

Community Health Accreditation Program (home health care and nursing homes)
350 Hudson St.
New York, NY 10014
(800) 669-1656, extension 242
Primarily for residents of New York, but with some national information and links to other state information. The state's Office of Aging runs something called the HIICA Program (Health Insurance Information Counseling Assistance) which provides New York residents with free confidential unbiased information about insurance. The program has an excellent website with Medigap information.

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